Losing your passion for U-M football?

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UMWingedHelmet
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Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:09 AM
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With new stories coming out about Michigan football including the title of the HC, large unwieldy ticket increases, discipline, etc., I for one am starting to lose a little of my previously unbridled passion for Michigan football.
 
What say you?

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:23 AM
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I say it's all a part of the business. If you thought Michigan was just going to sit around while the rest of the college football world passed us by you were dead wrong (we've already done that enough in other aspects).
 
I don't understand the fuss over the title of the coach. It's $10 million to basically change the name on mgoblue.com and his office door. Pretty sweet deal for the university if you ask me.

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:38 AM
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Agree...it's been a difficult off-season on many levels & that new HC title is just beyond ridiculous 
 
But it's going to take A LOT more than that to diminish my enthusiasm, passion & love for Michigan football...if anything, it's higher than ever 
"No man is more important than the team, no coach is more important than the team...the Team, the Team, the Team!"

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:00 PM
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The crazy, fanatical, complete homer fan in me was captured, tortured, and killed at the end of the 2006 season. The Rose Bowl loss to USC was pretty much crossing the Rubicon for me.
 
I still care obviously, but the personal investment has gone down significantly. I still yell at the TV but don't throw things or have my Saturday completely ruined by a loss. I also don't freak out if I have to miss a game (outside of the big ones).
 
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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:43 PM
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I'm more saddened that people actually have 10 million dollars to waste on something like that.


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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:11 PM
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Still have the same passion I always have. But then again, I don't really follow a whole lot during the off season except for recruiting.
 
If I lived near AA or could afford to make a trip out there to attend a game, then stuff like ticket prices, etc. might have me bummed. I would have never known about the head coaching title thing if I didn't visit this site; it is cheesy, but I wouldn't even know about it if I hadn't read it here - don't really care. 
 
The thing that is getting old is years of turning on the game and wondering if Michigan was going to give up 50 points *again* (RR era). Or wondering if Michigan was going to have negative rushing yards *again* (last couple of years). But that goes even farther back... What 1 or 2 games every year is Michigan going to blow that they should have won (Carr era)? Will Michigan actually be able to beat osu this year (last decade)?
 
Is there a level of frustration there? Yep. But even with all of that, my passion for Michigan football is still there when I tune in and watch kids like Denard, Devin or Kovacs play their hearts out.

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:47 PM
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The lack of performance and progress ON the field, the discipline, or lack thereof is what had me losing my passion!
 
IMO, we are no better than the always hated Notre Dame. We talk about championships and traditions and unfortunately haven't been a factor in championships in almost 20 years. At least ND had one fluke year to get them to the championship.

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:24 PM
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Michfan nailed it, after that 2006 season I've had a hard time watching every game, and keeping up like I used to. Still 100% devoted fan, but I find myself missing games on Saturdays except for the big ones. I still b*tch and moan about the games, but not as die hard as I used to be. A loss to Ohio still ruins the rest of my Saturday though.

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:58 PM
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This was the first year that I have willingly did other things on a Saturday like amusement park trips, weekend excursions, etc.  Even my wife was commenting how nice it was to have some, not all, fall Saturdays back.   A loss leads to a bad day but nearly as bad as it was back in '07. 
 
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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:27 PM
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App state was the game for me. Its just been play down to your opponents and squeek by til that game. Now we get "revenge".........wow

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:07 PM
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I would say yes I am. Perhaps it's age, becoming a parent and realizing there are more important things in this world then pinning my hopes on a bunch of 18-22 yr olds. Plus I am disappointed in the direction the program is headed and having a headcoach that appears like and sounds like a Jon belushi character

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:48 PM
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A lot of times I feel like I am just going through the motions, but I don't blame it all on what is going on at Michigan. Over the last 4-5 years I have had a veritable **** ton (pardon the language) of bad news in my personal life. Getting divorced (which is the easiest to deal with), custody fights, sister diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a good friend was murdered of mine for his bike, another friend (separate incident) was charged with murder, step dad was diagnosed with Marfan' Syndrome, and hell...just this morning my stepdad's 9 year old niece is in the hospital and likely has cancer.
 
Sorry to unload like that...but yeah, my passion isn't anywhere near where it used to be....but everyday I am thankful for Michigan football (and Michigan football message boards) that I can use it as a brief escape from said craziness.
 

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:03 AM
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Man u are getting it from all side Maize. Keep your head up!

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:24 AM
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It is crazy to think what has happened to this program since Bo died. 

 

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:06 AM
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jthorp24


It is crazy to think what has happened to this program since Bo died. 

I'd like to think he could have done something different, but I just don't know if he could have.

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:43 AM
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There are definitely things that discourage me from time to time but it's not so much the wins and losses as the stuff that has grown around the edges of the program.
 
The seat licenses are a scam. The AD pimping out home games (Dallas is a *great* destination for college football) for marketing purposes. The incessant piped in music at the stadium. The ticket scalpers (including the AD). The autograph hounds that turn stuff around on ebay. 
 
What really got me down was what I saw at one of the public meetings to discuss the implementation of seat licenses. The AD had a deal in 70s and 80s where people could donate a chunk to be lifetime members of the Victors club and get special benefits like preferred seating and parking. The AD basically just voided the deal and implemented the current point system for allocating seat locations. They also conveniently "lost" records for how long many people had been renewing their tickets. A lot of people who had donated money and had been going to games for a long time got screwed.
 
After seeing that nothing the AD does surprises me. 
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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:26 AM
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jthorp24


It is crazy to think what has happened to this program since Bo died. 

 
This.
 
I don't have anywhere near the passion for M football as I used to.  Partly due to moving away from Michigan I suppose, but also definitely due to the direction this program is headed.  From the talent on the field, to the parade of sh** coaches, to the screwing of ticket holders and fans, to the moron sitting in the AD's chair, to a president who has had her head up her a$$, it's been a complete and utter failure across the board.  I had a vendor call on me yesterday and I have a Michigan helmet in my office and he was from Columbus.  Normally I'd engage with these dopes but I just said "you win" and moved onto business.  Pretty sad.

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:27 AM
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Do not agree with everything going on at UM but I still bleed Maize and Blue!

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:04 PM
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Everyone responding in this thread is an obsessed, die-hard Michigan football nut job like myself. Why else would we be getting all these responses and have postings on a Michigan board of 5K, 10K, 15K times for people...haha

The first step in recovery is admitting it.

Go Blue!!

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 1:48 PM
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My name is Jabes0623 & I am a Michigan football addict...However I must agree with a few others here, sadly my passion isn't what it once was. For me I think it's more of a loss of love for college football in general. There's just too much $, in every aspect of it these day. It's no longer about young men going out & competing because of their love of competition & for their school. It's about ticket prices, t.v. markets & networks, conference re-alignment on & on & on. I still love Michigan & watch every game but the days of screaming at the tv & knocking over chairs (in agony or ecstasy) are now gone. I hope they come back one day, even if only for a day because to get my passion that stirred up again would mean we were playing in a big game & it feels like it has been a long long time since that's happened.

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:37 PM
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Jabes0623


My name is Jabes0623 & I am a Michigan football addict...However I must agree with a few others here, sadly my passion isn't what it once was. For me I think it's more of a loss of love for college football in general. There's just too much $, in every aspect of it these day. It's no longer about young men going out & competing because of their love of competition & for their school. It's about ticket prices, t.v. markets & networks, conference re-alignment on & on & on. I still love Michigan & watch every game but the days of screaming at the tv & knocking over chairs (in agony or ecstasy) are now gone. I hope they come back one day, even if only for a day because to get my passion that stirred up again would mean we were playing in a big game & it feels like it has been a long long time since that's happened.

 
Just a great post, Jabes.  I have loved Michigan football for 60 years with the highlight era being Bo's tenure.  However, college football is becoming a little bit of a turn-off.  Yes it is big business and some of you won't believe it but back when I started following my beloved Blue, it was still a game with money very secondary.  The most WWH made was $28,500 a year and Bo was lured to Texas A&M for a visit because they were offering him $60,000 but he quickly turned it down mainly for his love of the University of Michigan.  Athletes were truly student and had to take a full load every semester.
 
Michigan assistant coaches actually had time to stop and take you to lunch with no agenda in mind.  Signees didn't hold press conferences at their high school to pull out the magic hat to show who they decided upon.  I know some of you won't understand me or believe I lived in a fantasy world but it's all true.
 
I still get fired up and watch every UM game I can but I feel bad, even for myself, that I feel I'm losing the passion.
 
 

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:28 PM
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Also if you look back until about the 80's (not sure exactly when this changed) about 90-95% of the players came from Michigan, or Ohio and the Midwest. We had our exceptions like AC etc; that came from other states, but IMO the local type of players wanted to come to UM more because of the winning tradition and academics. Theses type of players made up of teams that I would rather follow than the current ones. AGAIN I have not researched these stats so I could be off some from the data that was used.

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:58 PM
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Jabes0623


My name is Jabes0623 & I am a Michigan football addict...However I must agree with a few others here, sadly my passion isn't what it once was. For me I think it's more of a loss of love for college football in general. There's just too much $, in every aspect of it these day. It's no longer about young men going out & competing because of their love of competition & for their school. It's about ticket prices, t.v. markets & networks, conference re-alignment on & on & on. I still love Michigan & watch every game but the days of screaming at the tv & knocking over chairs (in agony or ecstasy) are now gone. I hope they come back one day, even if only for a day because to get my passion that stirred up again would mean we were playing in a big game & it feels like it has been a long long time since that's happened.


Just a great post, Jabes.  I have loved Michigan football for 60 years with the highlight era being Bo's tenure.  However, college football is becoming a little bit of a turn-off.  Yes it is big business and some of you won't believe it but back when I started following my beloved Blue, it was still a game with money very secondary.  The most WWH made was $28,500 a year and Bo was lured to Texas A&M for a visit because they were offering him $60,000 but he quickly turned it down mainly for his love of the University of Michigan.  Athletes were truly student and had to take a full load every semester.

Michigan assistant coaches actually had time to stop and take you to lunch with no agenda in mind.  Signees didn't hold press conferences at their high school to pull out the magic hat to show who they decided upon.  I know some of you won't understand me or believe I lived in a fantasy world but it's all true.

I still get fired up and watch every UM game I can but I feel bad, even for myself, that I feel I'm losing the passion.



 
I'm with you brother.  We'll be accused of being the "get off my lawn" guys of course, but youth is wasted on the young anyway so who cares?  One of my greatest memories of M football was when my dad bought me Billy Taylor's #42 jersey for my birthday.  Oh, and by the way, Taylor didn't complain that he wasn't getting paid a percentage of that jersey sale.  Probably because a year later that # belonged to a 3rd string linebacker. ;)  The talent level on the field today (or the product I should say) is off the charts vs. the 70's and while I certainly enjoy that aspect, I do miss the good 'ol days of Bo.  

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:19 AM
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TK I really liked Taylor but also Glenn Doughty. What a pair!

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Re:Losing your passion for U-M football? - Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:48 PM
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Don't care about anything except what happens on the field.